By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—FOLLOWING the killing no fewere than 15 persons in Edo State in the past two months in a suspected rivalry cult war, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Folunso Adebanjo, weekend paraded 40 suspected cultists.
He said the command would commence the arrest of cult leaders and prosecute them in courts.
Adebanjo, however, appealed to the Edo State Government to assist the police in the provision of vehicles, bullet proof vests and other security gadgets to enable it fight crime vigorously in this 2015. He described the activities of cultists in the state as worrisome and unacceptable.
The told journalists during the parade that “we have arrested over 40 suspected cultists. The worrisome thing is the issue of reprisal killings and the command is not going to take it lightly. They are going to be charged for attempted murder and various crimes related to murder. What we are going to do in this 2015 is to arrest all the heads of the cult groups and charged them to court as accomplices. These senseless killings must stop.
“We are aware that about five persons have been killed and that is senseless. All of us must join hands and stamp out these murderous cultists. We are not going to allow them, if they are running crazy, we will arrest them and charge them as accomplices.”